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The value of a life posted 02 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think that life is cheap. It is really only in the industrialized world life begins to take on any value. I think we tend to forget that third world countries lose thousands of people to earthquakes. I heard a story on the news some time ago talking about the catastrophic loss of seven in the US. We are padded and cushioned.

For those reasons I find no argument on moral grounds, save that of whether it is actually more of a punishment to force them to live out their lives. Contrarily, the arguments I do feel carry weight are those of wrongful execution, public funds, and prison conditions. view post


!Warning! posted 02 July 2004 in The Warrior Prophet!Warning! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

It has been brought to my attention that my previous post may have been a bit rude, which reading it in hindsight I can understand. I did not mean the ashamed bit to be rude, but kidding. However, if it caused anyone offense, I do apologize. (I myself finished TWP not that long ago, a fact about which I am rather embarrassed.) view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 03 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Um, I don't think any of us are (lawyers, that is). Mostly absessed readers. Though I suppose its quite a complement.

Kellhus himself may be neither good nor evil, but I think he can be put into a perspecitve within the story. In TDTCB I think he would be considered a good character based on his actions, if not his motives.

Welcome to the forum, way to jump in! view post


TWP Spoilers? posted 03 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Now I know this is considered a spoiler forum for TDTCB, but is it also a spoiler for TWP? Some topics overlap and could use reinforcement from the second book, but then this would close this forum to newcomers who have only read the first. What are your feelings? view post


The value of a life posted 03 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Alright, let me clarify. What I mean is this:

1. I don't have any moral objections to killing a human being in retribution for a killing. I don't believe in the forgiveness policy.

2. That leaves the value of life to be considered, which is nil in the context in the world. People die every day. There is nothing that special about any human life.

In regards to the life is cheap comment, I did not mean that it is percieved as cheap by less industrialized nations (though it would seem to me, purely on specualtion, that it would be), so much as the fact that it just is. A lot of people die by means that would be preventable with development or better control and order.

Sorry if anyone finds this offensive. I respect life and others, but when someone takes a life I believe they forfeit theirs. view post


How did you get here? posted 05 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionHow did you get here? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I added a book link option. Sorry to any of you who had to vote for something else. view post


kellhus == good guy?? posted 05 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes Beforekellhus == good guy?? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think you are right, actually. I never thought about it quite like that, and I agree with you.

I still maintain that the reader empathizes with him as a 'good' character (at least in TDTCB). view post


TWP Spoilers? posted 05 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You can change the font color. Use [ color=#2B2B2B]spoiler text[/color]. This will make the text background color. Enclose the spoiler text in dashes, like this:

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Spoiler text here. You can highlight this text and then use the pulldown menu to change it to any color, then replace the color with the hexadecimel value (#2B2B2B).
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That does it. view post


My thoughts on TWP posted 05 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I thought the nonmen came from another planet, the inchoroi may have come from another planet but are here no longer, and the consult currently is trying to rebuild the inchoroi society with there own aims. view post


The No-God posted 05 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetThe No-God by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

But it is true, as Carnifex said (welcome to the board!), that the fact of Mog-Pharou losing may count for more. My impression is that when a warrior dies, no matter how many swazond, they are as nothing, becuase they lost. view post


Curious if you... posted 05 July 2004 in Author Q & ACurious if you... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

You can also try, depending on where you are, barnesandnoble.com in the 'used and out of print' section. Often you can get them for less there. view post


Michigan? posted 05 July 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

How about Maryland sometime next fall! view post


The value of a life posted 05 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionThe value of a life by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks.

Re forgivness: I mean that I feel forgiveness is up to each and every person and there is much to be said for not forgiving. I have seen too many people forgive and forgive and get hurt by the same person again and again. If someone chooses not to forgive, I think it can be just as justified, perhaps more so, and healthy as forgiveness.

Re life is cheap: Given the number of people who die every year from every different sort of cause, there is not enough weight behind one person's life to offset the punishment of death. In response to Wil, I see what you are saying, and I suppose I agree. However, most convicts have contributed little to society, and so that does not factor into my death penalty stance, I guess. view post


Woh! posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Thanks. Could you clarify about the subject box? view post


Now listening to... posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm a jazz nut, with everything else (except country, disgusting stuff) mixed in. Diana Krall and Louise Rose lately, a little Green Day, R. Kelly, Outkast, and some Mozart Masses. view post


Idea for this forum posted 07 July 2004 in Member Written WorksIdea for this forum by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I am interested. Are you thinking of within this forum, or as a separate site when you say 'I have some other ideas for how such a thing could work and be formatted?'

Either way, I'm interested. view post


TWP Spoilers? posted 07 July 2004 in The Darkness That Comes BeforeTWP Spoilers? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would recommend then that they be avoided except when strictly necessary. The only limitation is that many theories incorporate support from both books. view post


My thoughts on TWP posted 07 July 2004 in The Warrior ProphetMy thoughts on TWP by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I concur. I love the label 'the inchoroi brothers' btw. view post


Michigan? posted 07 July 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Drizzt? view post


Woh! posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I think this is a browser by browser issue. What browser are you using? In Mozilla and firefox there is no problem, that I am aware of. Sorry about that, but I know what you mean in IE, I think. view post


Michigan? posted 07 July 2004 in Tour and Signing InformationMichigan? by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

<!-- s:oops: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_redface.gif" alt=":oops:" title="Embarassed" /><!-- s:oops: --> Sorry, I'm not. view post


Sorry posted 07 July 2004 in General AnnouncementsSorry by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

We are having some technical difficulties at the moment, but I am exhausted and must go to sleep, so they will have to wait a bit. I'm very sorry. view post


Now listening to... posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionNow listening to... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I got a new cd the other day called Night Silence Desert, by two Iranians. It's traditional middle eastern, and makes great fantasy background. I also like (for background) Loreena McKennit(sp), Adiemus, and the LOTR soundtrack. view post


Woh! posted 07 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionWoh! by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I'm not sure how, if it's possible, to fix that. Sorry. view post


World-building posted 07 July 2004 in Writing TipsWorld-building by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I tried something new for the world I am currently working on, and I like it. Prior, here was my problem: I liked the look of hand-drawn maps, but hated how hard they were to edit and reproduce, where the Photoshop wins. So, I sketched my coastline and scanned it into a layer. Then I printed it and traced on the back of the paper adding much more detail, but following the main line. This keeps the shape, but allows for a 'rugged' coastline. I did that again, and it was now flipped correctly.

Then I started drawing mountains/rivers/lakes/what-have-you on printed copies of the coastline, scanning them, and putting just that feature in its own layer. I went through the same detailing process, which is very cool at a high res, because you can actually do enlargements of certain regions and put in details unseen in the large image. It looks really great, but is a lot of labor. view post


Drug Legalization posted 08 July 2004 in Philosophy DiscussionDrug Legalization by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

ADMIN EDIT: This is a split topic from "the value of a life", so the beginning post dosen't make that much sense, but just keep reading. Thank you.

You make good points.

I totally agree with your drug idea. I have been saying that for year. Legalize drugs and we'll have a short burst of massive ODs, then everyone will see someone they know destroyed and never touch the stuff, except for the nuts, and they'll get taxed the hell out of. view post


Sorry posted 10 July 2004 in General AnnouncementsSorry by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

Well, things seem to be pretty much back up around here, 10 hours of work later. I had to hand code some repairs; don't ask me how the hell they worked or why, but there it is. I am very happy.

Please let me know about any odd glitches or errors on your end. Theoretically, your unread posts will now be saved for you even if you log out. view post


Your top 5 fantasy series... posted 11 July 2004 in Off-Topic DiscussionYour top 5 fantasy series... by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

1. George RR Martin
2. Steven Erikson
3. Robin Hobb
4. R. Scott Bakker
5. ? view post


Week One Scene posted 11 July 2004 in Member Written WorksWeek One Scene by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I would emphasize the importance of being on time with submissions, to my mind. No one wants to have old one's trailing in. Please respect the deadline; no one will think less of you if you miss a week. view post


A Game of Thrones posted 11 July 2004 in Literature DiscussionA Game of Thrones by Sovin Nai, Site Administrator

I have reread them once. I found it just as enjoyable because it had been a while since the firtst time, and because they are so complex I had forgotten enough the first time that it was like re-aquainting myself with the characters and world.

Hey Loof, what is that theory? I have never heard of it and don't think I've figured it out for myself unless I've forgotten (it has been a while...). view post


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